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St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Quarter Building

Built on Posts

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
1. The Quarter Building Marker
Inscription.  Simon Overzee probably built this structure as an unheated storehouse in the late 1650s. Charles Calvert added a chimney so he could lodge or "quarter" members of his large household in the building. Innkeepers later used the structure which stood into the 1690s.

Traces of postholes and nails were the only clues excavators found of this building. It was a post-in-the-ground structure, the first one identified from 17th-century Maryland. Four pairs of stout posts connected by tie beams framed the one-story building which was 20 feet wide and 30 feet long. Unlike most structures, it had no sills. Instead, the builder placed the wall studs directly in the ground. This type of architecture became widely used in the early Chesapeake. Artifacts indicate the building mostly served as a dwelling space.
 
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
 
Location. 38° 11.388′ N, 76° 25.729′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Margeret Brent Way. Marker is inside the open air structure at
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the entrance of the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47645 Margeret Brent Way, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Snapshots of St. John's (a few steps from this marker); St. John's and the Wider World (a few steps from this marker); Exploring St. John's (a few steps from this marker); Entrance to St. John's Museum (a few steps from this marker); Relax Awhile! (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to St. John's (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's College of Maryland (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named St. Mary's College of Maryland (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
Categories. ArchitectureColonial EraNotable Buildings
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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